Has anyone with an ounce of competition in their soul missed the Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge?
After their Sizzling Summer Challenge for owners, trainers and jockeys followed up immediately with a punters’ competition which runs for the month of March.
Each KZN meeting offers punters a free chance to play for R5,000 and additionally another R50,000 for the top 20 players of the month bringing R105,000 to play for.
In a show that underscored the market’s appetite for a competition that would show who is punting of the turf, 2500 players signed up for day one!
Although respectable for competitions held before, the second round attracted an additional 1800 players, and 6500 punters selected their runners for Hollywoodbets Greyville meeting on March 8th (round 3) putting The Sizzling Punters’ Challenge into a class of its own.
On Wednesday March 18th the competition passed the ⅔ mark with punter VIVTOR in the lead.
Points are calculated by a points for the number of horses you beat in each race plus the winning odds if you select a winner.
There is a strong bias for landing the winner or alternatively showing a strong ability in picking competitive horses who just about win every race or beat lots home in big fields.
By the end of the Wednesday Hollywoodbets Greyville meeting, VIVTOR had a cumulative win and place percentage of 62.5% with 14 wins and 16 places from 48 race selections.
It was a tough meeting when Garth Puller’s MOUILLE POINT won at 44/1, but priced up at 100/1 at Hollywood the points allocated to the 46 punters who found him got them 121 each and the daily prizes too. What can you do?
Amazingly 17 punters found 5 winners each but the cracker went to MEL47 who found 6 winners of the 8 races:71. TREAD SWIFTLY; 2. TRANSONIC; 3. SPANISH OASIS; 4. RAILTRIP; 5. COLLABRO; 6. NOT NOW PUSSYCAT; 7. POPOVA; 8. BACKPACKER
Punter SARVESH has chosen 19 winners from 48 races, an astounding 40% ! Showing his or her normal hit rate of 3 per meeting they found TREAD SWIFTLY, TRANSONIC and TEICHMAN, good enough to finish (445th) on the day (top 15%) and maintaining (7th) overall.
With everyone playing remotely, it could be that Sunday sees the competition ramp up a notch.
Everyone starts fresh for the “Daily” competition, but be warned that the veterans will have their strategy mapped out by now. Perhaps the play is conservative in the bigger fields and reckless in the smaller fields?
But talk is cheap with after action merchants, the entry is open till 5 minutes before the first on Sunday 22nd March Hollywoodbets Greyville, and the lead is always in doubt till the fat lady sings.